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swerve away (from someone or something)

1. To turn or veer abruptly aside in order to avoid collision or interaction (with someone or something). I managed to swerve away from the oncoming truck at the last moment. The motorcyclist was bearing down on her but swerved away before hitting her. I swerved away from the bar when I noticed the creepy guy staring at me.
2. To avoid or evade (someone or something) by abruptly changing one's plans or intentions. We swerved away from the merger after we realized how badly it would impact our employees. I've really started swerving away from people who bring nothing but toxic negativity to the table.
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swerve into (from someone or something)

1. To collide with someone or something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. I turned the corner and swerved into the principal, knocking her briefcase right out of his hands. The car lost control and swerved into a lamppost.
2. To enter into something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. The truck swerved into my lane to avoid hitting the pedestrian on the road. I swerved into a side alley to avoid the police.
3. To become involved with or begin working in some different field, industry, area of expertise, etc., especially very suddenly or abruptly. I actually started out as a family photographer, but I swerved into doing headshots after getting into a conversation with a couple of actors at a party a couple years back. The heavy metal band started swerving into a more pop-rock sound in the early 2000s.
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swerve (away) (from someone or something)

to turn sharply away from someone or something. The car swerved away from Carla just in time. It swerved away just in time.

swerve into someone or something

to turn sharply and directly into someone or something. (Usually an accident.) The car almost swerved into a pedestrian. The bus swerved into a truck.
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The social media campaign, which comes with the hashtag #come_on, the drive homes in on motorists' attention to the dangerous habit of sudden swerving.
He attributed most of deaths and injuries to speeding, tailgating, sudden turns, swerving of vehicles and breaking traffic rules.
Now, the UAE Ministry of Interior (MOI) has launched a public awareness drive, with a simple video aimed to help raise public awareness about the dangerous habit of swerving.
Sudden swerving, he said, led to death of 63 people, lack of assessment of road users 56, Speeding 37, not leaving enough distance 37 deaths while inattentiveness claimed the lives of 30 motorists.
Sudden swerving carries a fine of Dh1,000, according to the updated list of penalties for traffic violations .
Sudden swerving is still the main reason behind deaths on roads despite our campaigns to educate motorists to use indicators and not change lanes until it's safe," he said.
Sudden swerving caused 461 major accidents in 2015 and we hope the number won't be more in the coming months.
Suddenly changing lanes is a serious offence, and it caused many deaths last year, more than in 2013, despite the fact that there were less instances of sudden swerving in 2014 than 2013.
In 2014, there were 520 accidents caused by sudden swerving that killed 46 people, and 740 accidents killing 41 in 2013.
Earlier this week, during an event to launch a month-long campaign about the dangers of swerving, Major General Al Zafein revealed the practice claimed the lives of 41 people last year.
Statistics issued by the Dubai Police Traffic Department showed that swerving suddenly to change lanes topped the list of reasons for deaths on the road.
Statistics issued by the Dubai Police Traffic Department showed that swerving to change lanes topped the list of reasons for deaths on the road.
He said the fine for sudden swerving is Dh200 in addition to four black points but if the fine is issued in absentia no black points will be issued.